Coal-Fired Plants in Central America
Termoeléctrico de Colón Repower
Location: Panama
Operator: SUEZ Energy Central America
Configuration: 3 X 40 MW
Fuel: coal
Operation: 2011
Boiler supplier: Ansaldo
T/G supplier: Tosi, Ansaldo
EPC: Sadelmi, ICONSA
Quick facts: This $160mn project replaced three Bunker C oil-fired boilers with a single pulverized coal-fired boiler. The T/G sets originally went online from 1968-1974. Coal is sourced from Colombia and landed at the Cemento Panamá port facility in Bahía Las Minas, Colón,1.5km from the plant. This company also recycles fly ash from the new plant. URS prepared the EIS and this was approved by ANAM in Mar 2007. SUEZ has a new PPA with Elektra for plant output. Completion was well behind schedule due to Sadelmi's bankruptcy proceedings.

Photograph courtesy of GDF SUEZ
Posted 10 Apr 2011

Jaguar Energy
Location: Guatemala
Operator: AEI Guatemala Ltda
Configuration: 2 X 150 MW
Fuel: bituminous coal, pet coke
Operation: 2015
Boiler supplier: China Western Power
T/G supplier: Harbin
EPC: China Machine New Energy Co, Central Southern China Electric Power Design Institute
Quick facts: In Mar 2010, Ashmore Energy International closed financing on the 300-MW Jaguar CFB project near Puerto Quetzal with loans from Bancolombia and BCIE. Construction began in May 2010 and the project is expected online in Q1, 2015, about 2yrs past the inistial schedule. The project was originally won in 2008 when AEI bid in a tariff offer of $0.1027/kWh to the government’s solicitation for new coal-fired plant. At the time, the average cost for fuel oil power generation was estimated to be $0.16/kWh.

Photograph by GObiols (Panoramio)
Posted 4 Mar 2015

San José
Location: Guatemala
Operator: Corporacion de Energia de Guatemala
Configuration: 1 X 139 MW
Fuel: bituminous coal
Operation: 2000
Boiler supplier: DB Riley
T/G supplier: MHI, Brush
EPC: B&V, JA Jones
Quick facts: The San José plant was built by TECO Guatmala 75km south of Guatemala City near the Pacific coast. Also included in the project scope was a fuel receiving facility located at Puerto Quetzal. Most coal is from Colombia. The unit went commercial on 19 Jan 2000 and had a 15yr PPA with the local distribution company. Grid connection is via a 17km, 230kV power line to a substation near Escuintla. In Feb 2013, TECO sold the project.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 31 Mar 2011


Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 04-Mar-2015